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MORNING FROST GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN BY MATT COWAN
         This First Friday is JUNE 5, 2015
                            Next First Friday is July 3, 2015
BLOOP BY SUSAN HRIBERNIK
MAYMONT SUNDAY AFTERNOON BY SUSAN LAMSON
Anne Hart Chay stars as the Magic Finger Princess in the latest Film Production of The Lincoln Studio which can be viewed worldwide on YouTube. Simply click the dancing heart to your left to enjoy!
NUDE BY RICK DELANO
Gallery HoursWed thru FridayNoon -6 pm,Sat Noon - 4 pm
and by Appointment
CURATOR ANNE HART CHAY
Photography of SANTO TOMAS, GUATEMALA by ANNE HART CHAY
Photography of TIENDA, LAS CRUCES GUATEMALA by ANNE HART CHAY
ANNE & HER TWO MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS
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SYCAMORE HILL BY ELAINE BANKSTON
REJOICE BY ORGIA LABIDI
    BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE HART CHAY
ALLEY by ANNE HART CHAY
RICHMOND by ANNE HART CHAY
JAMES CENTER STATUE by ANNE HART CHAY
HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER by ANNE HART CHAY
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FALL IN VIRGINIA BY ANH-VAN TRUONG
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EVE II BY GREG LEWIS $700.00
"Sacred Flesh"  Catalog available in the gallery $35.
"Arcade Complex" by Dan Rhett, framed 16" x 20" oil on canvas $225.00
"Terra Cotta Giraffe"  by Dan Rhett 24"x 36" oil on canvas  $400.00
ANNE CUTS THE CAKE CELEBRATING HER 17 YEARS AT THIS LOCATION WHILE DAUGHTER SARAH ALICIA IS READY FOR FIRST BITE
LOCALLY MADE PURSES, JEWELRY & BOOKS
ANCIENT MUSE BY ORGIA LABIDI
ART2GO BY SUSAN NICKOLAI, HRIBERNEK AND KAMARI ALLEN
 Celebrating 18 years at our current location with over 2 decades in Historic Downtown Richmond! (Please note: We are not Visual art on Main Street)



oil on canvas, 18" x 24" SALE $275 (reg. $325).

"Lucca, Italy #1" by Elaine Bankston, oil on canvas, 11" x 14" framed $295.
The Rebel" by Nickolai, black masking tape on panel, 24" x 24" $395. 
"Urban Armor" by Nickolai, steel and rivets, on display in the gallery window, $4,995. First sculpture by this popular upcoming artist
"Layers" exhibition by Lew Lott
PROCESSION BY CHRIS SEMTNER
acrylic on canvas, 48" x 30" framed $1,600.
Friday May 1st from 7-10PM of Doors of Italy and France, new oil paintings by Elaine Bankston. This collection of new work on canvas was painted in oil from photographs Bankston took while traveling through Italy and France. Doors open at Noon.

ELAINE BANKSTON was born and raised on a farm in Missouri and is probably best know for her portraits in charcoal, pastel and oil but has developed many styles of work since her art career began more than 3 1/2 decades ago. Her most recent portrait of Oliver Hill hangs in the Oliver Hill Courts Building in Downtown Richmond. She has painted over 2,000 portraits and has won numerous awards and ribbons in various exhibitions. Bankston teaches art on cruise ships and has traveled the world finding inspiration in every port. More info: www.elainebankston.com

 A Trio which includes lead singer Louis Schwartz from My Son the Doctor will perform First Friday May 1, 2015, woo hoo!

CURRENTLY

Modularity by Nine Undergraduate VCU Students who have come together from different majors and grade levels (including one non-art major member) to produced an exhibition inspired by Modular Art; the joining together of a single unit to form larger, more complex compositions.

 From conceptual to literal, they have created our works solely based on the theme, Modularity. The group was started from a simple desire, creating works that follow their own taste and decisions. The group started with an interesting meeting of twenty people. Everyone worked on the project during summer break 2014 then they had a final critic when the school started that Fall. Nine Members remain: Sung Joo Byun, Woojin Ahn, Jane Lee, SongYae Han, Jeesoo Park, Ura Hwang, Yang Changhyun, Hwajin Shin (Jinny) and Woo Duk Kyung. Throughout the project, they enjoyed the process (of course the final outcome too!) and built the strong relationships, thus creating the vigorous art group. This is their first exhibition as a group and they are very excited to show their work April 3 - May 29, 2015. They are featuring various types of art like Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Print Media, and Video. (The gallery will be closed Memorial Day Weekend.)

Seers and Mystics by Orgia Labidi, and Layers, photography by Lew Lott continues through May 1, 2015. www.lewlott.com 
Work by Richard Heinzer (jpeg attached) and James River Series by Susan Lamson are also on display.

 Orgia Labidi and Lew Lott artist statements below.



SAVE THE DATE:

ARTe'licious5 Annual Art Auction Opening Reception First Friday June 5, 2015 from 7-10PM. The Fifth Annual ARTe'licious Exhibition is a fundraiser for the gallery, an outreach to artists and cultivator of conoisseurism. There are no fees for entry and VAS pays the artists for artwork with winning bids. Rather than requesting a donation, Visual Art Studio asks artists and artisans to search their studio for work they're willing to submit for a reasonable opening bid that they're willing to split with the gallery. This exhibition is great for discovering new talent and funds raised enables the gallery to waive the standard application fee and helps to cover costs associated with producing and promoting rotating exhibitions.


FRANK HART MEMORIAL GALLERY (a.k.a. First Fridays Gallery)

Seers and Mystics - Orgia (Gia) Labidi

 "My work is more about the creative process and less about the finished pieces - the finale. I enjoy the creative process and I create art across several visual mediums utilizing wood and clay as the primary mediums, found objects, fabric and paint as tools. In working with wood and clay I usually have no plan. I've done no sketching. I have no idea how the piece will end. Each piece starts with a strong desire to do it, to make something happen, to say something or nothing at all. I manipulate the pieces pounding, pulling and pushing until I feel something - anything. I look to the materials, the hardwood and moist clay, to tell me what they want to be, how they want to come together. I love to see wood and clay take shape. It's as if the pieces of hardwood and moist clay are waiting for me to reveal what is hidden within--unique curves, smooth ends and secret places. There is something about the affect of sandpaper on wood and smooth stones on semi-moist clay that move me to state of primal clarity. Through the manipulation of these materials, I create art that celebrates life with a focus on the divine feminine in nature." 









You are cordially invited to Visual Art Studio, 208 West Broad St for First Fridays June 5th from 7-10PM  5th Annual ARTe'licious Silent Art Auction Programming Fundraiser and Doors of Italy and France, new oil paintings by Elaine Bankston. Opening Reception 7-10PM. Doors open at Noon. 3 day ONLY Event!
Catskills Bed and Breakfast by Richard Heinzer is up for Silent Auction June 5-7, 2015 
ELAINE BANKSTON was born and raised on a farm in Missouri and is probably best know for her portraits in charcoal, pastel and oil but has developed many styles of work since her art career began more than 3 1/2 decades ago. Her most recent portrait of Oliver Hill hangs in the Oliver Hill Courts Building in Downtown Richmond. She has painted over 2,000 portraits and has won numerous awards and ribbons in various exhibitions. Bankston teaches art on cruise ships and has traveled the world finding inspiration in every port. More info: www.elainebankston.com
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